keskiviikko 29. kesäkuuta 2011
I have first published this post in 2008. As I have gained loads of new readers in the past fall and spring I wanted to re-post this as I feel very passionate about secondhand clothing and would hate to see my favorite thrift shops go out of business...
Recycling clothes - a dieing business?
One of the things that I was surprised (and shocked) to read from Matilda Lee´s Eco chic - the savvy shopper´s guide to ethical fashion is that if things continue the way they have for the last ten years, the business of recycling clothes will eventually go OUT OF BUSINESS.
It´s not that the world will run out of clothes and accessories but the quality of our clothes has degraded so much that an increasing number of them are not reusable or recycable anymore. Last year in UK less than 8%(!!) of all donated clothes actually ended up being resold in charity shops. A part are recycled as industry wipe cloths and others shipped as charitable aid to the third world countries. Some 7% are not even woth being recycled or further donated, so they end up in landfills. And this is just the clothes people bother to donate to charity. In the UK three out of four unwanted clothes a thrown straight to the bin with out the chance of being reused.
All the donated clothes come to the sorting centres as bulk so there´s no way of for the company to know how much of it can be reused or recycled. Sorting and shipping tons of clothes is a timeconsuming job that of cource costs a lot of money even though the material is "free". The recycle companies also pay for each unusable rag-ton that is dumped as landfill. And the tons are piling up. In the year 2000 some 65% of our donated clothes were still recycable in some way. Last year the number had dropped to 40% because we buy more and more poor quality rags. Eventually the waste costs of our donated clothes will be higher than the profits recieved from reselling secondhand. Get my drift?
No wonder clothing recycle companies have so little percenage to give to charity since most of it is wasted in sorting and driving our polyester rags to the landfill... So what can you do? Here are my suggestions.
First, take good care and repair your clothes and accessories so they can be worn longer. Or customize them to a more fashionable and unique form. A new additional alternative is to arrange clothing-swap-evenings with your friends to exchange fashions with out money.
Secondly, don´t buy shit. If you do deside to buy new clothes, make sure they are of good quality (preferably eco fibres) so they will survive to the second and third round. Buy secodhand as much as possible.
Third, if you have clothes in your wardrobe that you do not use, donate them now. Fashion trends have become so fast that your clothes will "expire" if you hold on to them too long. And who wants to buy them then? Don´t throw any away. Fashion-swap is also an alternative.
Here´s a good article about what happens to your donated clothes by Paula Bock for The Seattle Times if you´re intrested in reading more about this issue.
tiistai 28. kesäkuuta 2011
A friend of mine got a new motorcycle. She was looking for leather biker overalls and I found her a nice black dungarees second hand. They turned out to be a bit too short (made for a 165 cm woman, not 175 cm as she is..). Since then they have been laying around my flat. I love the side ribs and knee paddings and have been looking for a Balmain Homme styled biker pants for a few seasons now since I saw them in their FW10 collection. So.. I took my scissors and cut the top part off from the dungarees. They were too short from the back for me also, but now they fit perfectly as the shoulder straps are gone and the model is just high waisted. The zipper ends I still have to finish so the zipper pull does not slip out, but otherwise they are ready to rock. These will be my nro 1 party pants during winter.
Thanks to Stella for the awsome pics!!
BALMAIN HOMME FW2010, the perfect biker pants...
and my DIY version, cut from biker dungarees.
Old dress, a shit load of discs cut from leather or fake leather and a few hours spent sewing them on to the dress... Might sound fishy, but looks divine.
Katherine Clark by Grant Yoshino
Via Fashion Gone Rogue.
maanantai 27. kesäkuuta 2011
Loving these yellow remade denim shorts by Bitching and Junkfood REMADE. The back pocket is torn out and a smilie face printed on with a stencil and fabric paints. Groovy.
sunnuntai 26. kesäkuuta 2011
The DI$COUNT chicks are opening a web shop this week! Finally. I´d love to buy some of their customized radness. These t-shirts are just a taste of what´s coming. Vintage print tees with tie dye coloring, safetypins and other DI$COUNT styled details. DIY or buy.
Even though I´m not a huge fan of super colorful tie dye, these rainbow babies are creeping into my style and wardrobe as they are an essential part of the new wave hippie trend. Maybe I should make myself a few but take them one step further and unravel the back... Ohh yesssss.
Via DI$COUNT and Noir XXX.
lauantai 25. kesäkuuta 2011
Normally I don´t do hair posts, but new wave hippie chic and pixie braids are big this season and this tutorial was too good to pass by. To create the messy braid hairstyle for yourself watch the how-to video below. Enjoy!
"First waved and textured, then plaited with strands kept flying free to create a messy, wild look, this is a hairstyle that only gets better the more unkempt you make it. Add strands of leather, feathers, beads or other boho accessories to complete the look."
Styling and DIY secondhand refashioning inspiration from Wilma and Winston, My new blogger awsomeness discovery. I love her style and DIY projects!